“If It Ain’t Broke…Break It!” book reflection #6

Some great advice and intuition are presented in the next three chapters.

We have always been taught to plan our work and work our plan. But as you know, experience has taught us that at a moment’s notice, everything can change. We discover that although it’s important to have a plan, sometimes it’s even more important to abandon it! As unpredictable and uncontrollable as things are today, Kriegel says there are three things you can count on. He calls these the “Triple Double.” You can assume everything will take twice as long, cost twice as much, and involve twice the amount of work as you originally thought. Kriegel offers three steps to defuse the triple-double; readjust your goal, reaffirm your original commitment and vision, begin with a victory or small win to regain your momentum. No one can plan for everything. There will always be changes and signposts that will present new opportunities or directions, and sometimes contingency plans are the best the best plans of all.

There is a lot to be said about focusing on our strengths and not emphasizing our weaknesses. As a sales manager, I tried to be more of a “coach” with a focus on how to make the most of someone’s strengths, not spending too much time being a “cop” who talked about the things people did wrong. Unconventional wisdom says: you’ll get by improving your weaknesses, but you’ll get great by building on strengths. Focusing on strengths will build self-confidence, self-esteem, and positive momentum. Building on your strengths will help you become a peak performer and increase your confidence to take risks. Great leaders don’t try to be what they are not. They remain true to who they are, knowing their strengths and weaknesses. Top performers in any field aren’t necessarily good at everything, they are very good at one thing, and that’s what gets them to the top.

Focus on “The Do’s not “The Don’ts”. The don’ts are negative goal setting. They focus on what you don’t want to have happen, instead of what you do. When you have the don’ts, you are mentally rehearsing what you don’t want to happen. Thinking about what you don’t want to happen increases the odds that it will. Before going into any pressure-packed situation, give your mind a positive mental picture to shoot for, The Do’s focus on what you want to have happen. Look where you want to go. See yourself accomplishing your goal. Visualization is a valuable tool not only for sports, but it is extremely effective in other situations mental or physical. Top performers in many pursuits use mental imagery to run through their process from start to finish. It will help you feel more confident and in control when entering any new challenge.

Reference; “If It Ain’t Broke…Break It!” by 
Robert Kriegel and Louis Patler

1 thought on ““If It Ain’t Broke…Break It!” book reflection #6

  1. ” Thinking about what you don’t want to happen increases the odds that it will” ….. very interesting statement and likely very true. If things are not going so well at work, and you are worrying about what may go wrong, you are not focusing on what can go right if you use your strengths to make it happen. Good read.


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